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Confusion, fear and panic have gripped countries and corporations the past few months as Novel Coronavirus has continued its unstoppable march through the world. And though science offers us a far more sophisticated set of tools to deal with a pandemic of this nature today than it did millions of
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The fruits of truth
Sarala Dasa’s Odiya Mahabharata has an interesting folk tale that is not found in any other version of the epic. In the last year of exile of the Pandavas, when they had to remain incognito or risk spending 13 more years in hiding, Duryodhan was pulling every trick he knew
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Rajah Suran
Once upon a time, there was a king, his name was Rajah Suran and he ruled over a kingdom in India. He was a very ambitious man and he wanted to be like his great great great great grandfather, whose name, strangely enough, was Alexander the Great! And Rajah Suran
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Rajah Suran
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In the Greek pantheon, Zeus grabs all the eyeballs. He fought the Titans, he established Olympus and his roving eye makes for many interesting escapades. All this while Hera, his wife, stands by warming and protecting the home and hearth. But that was not always the case. The subjugation of
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The birth of Soma
The myth about the birth of the moon god, Soma, is the most beautiful birth story in world mythology, to the best of my knowledge. And the story is uniquely Indian. The story tells us of Sage Atri being asked by Brahma to engage in the process of creation. Atri
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The birth of Soma
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Why does the semul/semal/salmali have thorns? Blame it on Draupadi. Bhima, the strongest and mightiest among the Pandavas was miffed that Draupadi spent as much time massaging his brothers every day as she did for him. He decided to register his resentment by playing a prank on her. He uprooted
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Cotton trees and demons
The cotton tree known as the semul/semal/salmal in various parts of the country has a number of folk tales woven into its appearance, its origin and as is the case with all ancient literature, with the moral fabric of the society that holds it sacred. One story is from Orissa
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